Thirty words journalists should stop using … and a simple test to make people reconnect with our work

A while ago, I wrote a blog post arguing that overnight publication of newspapers wasn’t contributing to newspaper sales declines. It’s a view I still hold, because in the age of instant communication, how can words placed on a page, then sent to a printing press, then distributed by van possibly compete with the internetContinue reading “Thirty words journalists should stop using … and a simple test to make people reconnect with our work”

Why every reporter now needs the instinct of a photographer to succeed

With the sort of reliable frequency which would fill a newspaper distribution manager with pride, I stumble across various debates around the theme of ‘What skills does a journalist need today?’ Until last week, I thought any journalist (and by journalist, in this post I really mean reporter/writer) needed the following: 1. The ability toContinue reading “Why every reporter now needs the instinct of a photographer to succeed”

Journalists: We know we care, but do our readers?

At the news:rewired conference in London, there was a panel discussion about data at a local level. Philip John, one of the brains behind the Lichfield Blog was among those on the panel. When the panel was asked how to get local journalists interested in data, Philip launched into what he almost instantly told TwitterContinue reading “Journalists: We know we care, but do our readers?”

The top 10 most read posts on this blog in 2010

I write about all sorts of stuff on this blog, but try to stay focussed on the stuff I think people would want to read about, so check the top posts stats quite a lot. I’m always amazed that so many people read my blog, and thanks to everyone who takes the time to readContinue reading “The top 10 most read posts on this blog in 2010”

Why accuracy is more important than ever

When I was 18, and just starting out in my first full time job as a trainee reporter, a very wise man who worked in the newsroom said to me: “What’s the most important thing for a journalist to remember?” “The ‘Who, What, Where, When, Why and How’ rule,” I replied, rather smugly if IContinue reading “Why accuracy is more important than ever”